CSA Weekly Letter -1/10

January 10th, 2020

Cornerstone Families,

Happy Friday and welcome back!  I hope everyone had a fantastic winter break.  The kids (and staff) came back a little sleepy earlier this week, but the passion-based project buzz has spread throughout the building.  In less than an hour this morning, I learned about raising pigs, volleyball positions, whales and needlepoint.  Plus, Mrs. Johnson said she saw a great presentation on interior design, and Mr. Burger is still smiling about Star Wars – myth vs. reality.  Once again, CSA kids never fail to impress!

Our staff shout-out this week goes to the three wonderful ladies nominated for the PTA School Bell Award.  Each year, PTA members nominate teachers who go above and beyond for the students and campus in the same way that our fabulous PTA does.  This year’s deserving nominees are Mrs. Astrid Rodriguez, Ms. Laura Walpole, and Mrs. Juli Pendergrass.  Each of these ladies is a phenomenal asset to Cornerstone, and this year’s winner was…Laura Walpole!!!  Congratulations to all three teachers on this well-deserved acknowledgement.

It’s almost movie time!  In a joint effort by the PTA at both CSA and AOC, we are happy and excited to show Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, from the same director of the highly acclaimed Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.  This important film examines “helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world.”  Please join us in the auditorium for this free showing on Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m., directly after the CSA general PTA meeting at 5:30 p.m.  For more information, see the attached flyer or check out www.screenagersmovie.com. Bring a friend…we have plenty of room! Screenagers2020.pdf

There is still room for CSA’s trip to Alaska in June of 2020. CSA has our own bus for the trip to explore Alaska, including Denali National Park, Seward, Healy, and more! We are filling up fast, and the final registration date is February 7th. The trip dates are 6/2/2020 – 6/7/2020. When signing up, use Trip ID 175997. You may sign up online at worldstrides.com/signup or call Worldstrides Customer Service at 800-468-5899. If you would like more information, Text: ALASKA to: 855-452-8747. Please contact Mrs. Rodriguez at astrid.rodriguez@springbranchisd.com for if you have any questions.

Did you know one unit of blood can save up to three lives?  Have you been meaning to donate and haven’t found the time?  Please head to our sister school, Academy of Choice, next week on Friday, January 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  CSA parents, if you’d like to donate, please email Mrs. Tanwani at Poonam.tanwani@springbranchisd.com, call her at (713) 251-1553 or sign up at http://www.giveblood.org.  Be sure to bring your picture ID, eat a well-balanced meal at least an hour ahead and drink plenty of water.

Reminder – late buses start up again next week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday!

Please make note of the following upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, January 15th – Chromebook Roll-out
  • Wednesday, January 15th  – 8th grade Guthrie Center visit
  • Friday, January 17th  – AOC Blood Drive from 8:00 – 2:30

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Angel Purdy


Cornerstone Academy